Health and Safety Protocols
Health and Safety Protocol Update
Updated May 16, 2022
In response to guidance from public, state, and county health agencies, Summer at Norwood has updated our health and safety protocols and camp policies. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our surrounding community as well as evolving guidance and regulations from state and county health officials to update our policies and procedures as necessary.
Given the low transmission rates in Montgomery County and our continued commitment to layered prevention measures, Summer at Norwood will move to a mask-optional policy for all campers and staff, both indoors and outdoors on campus. Of course, some individuals in our camp community will choose to continue to wear a mask, indoors and/or outdoors. As a community, we will support and respect each other’s personal decisions and family choice around mask-wearing. We remain prepared to reinstate mandatory mask wearing should COVID-19 conditions worsen.
Campers will continue to eat outdoors as much as possible. In the event of an indoor lunch, a silent lunch period will no longer be enforced.
Isolation and Quarantine
Campers exhibiting signs of communicable illness (per the Communicable Disease Summary guidelines), including symptoms of COVID-19, will be taken to an isolation area in the camp health room. The camper will be monitored by the camp nurse until the parent, guardian or caregiver is available to pick up the camper (within one hour).
If symptoms persist, it is recommended that the parent, guardian, or caregiver contact the camper’s health care provider for further evaluation.
A parent, guardian or health care provider should report a camper’s positive COVID-19 findings to Summer at Norwood. Isolation for positive COVID-19 cases will follow CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.
Parents/guardians of campers will be notified if a positive COVID-19 report is identified within the Summer at Norwood community.
Summer at Norwood will comply with COVID-19 Outbreak Definitions as defined by the Maryland Department of Health for Youth Camps. The camp will notify camp families as required by Montgomery County Health and Human Services if an outbreak is identified.
Health and Safety Protocols
Updated January 25, 2022
Summer at Norwood will rely on a number of layered prevention strategies (listed below) to keep campers and staff safe and healthy. These policies, which are based on evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Camp Association, the Maryland State Department of Health, and Montgomery Country health officials, will be refined and adjusted as needed to align with new information about the pandemic.
Summer at Norwood Community Agreement
Campers, parents/guardians, and employees are required to read and abide by the guidelines in the Summer at Norwood Community Agreement.
Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer at Norwood requires that all eligible campers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all employees to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations to participate in programming unless they have an approved exemption based on verified medical and religious reasons. Visitors and parents will be required to attest that they are fully vaccinated before entering Norwood buildings.
A person ages 5 to 17 is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after completion of a two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna series or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. People ages 12-17 are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose 5 months after their primary series. A person 18 and older is considered fully vaccinated and up-to-date if they have completed their primary series (two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one does of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) and have received a booster or it has been less than 5 months since their last dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or less than 2 months since receiving the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
*Please note that this information is subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and Maryland Department of Health.
Parents/guardians will provide proof of vaccination by securely uploading a copy of their camper’s vaccination card into the Document Center of their Summer at Norwood account by May 20, 2022. Campers who register after May 20, 2022 should upload their proof of vaccination immediately after registration. Summer at Norwood employees will provide proof of vaccination during the onboarding process. Campers who become eligible for vaccination after registering are encouraged to begin the vaccination process immediately.
Uploading proof of Vaccination
To upload a copy of a camper’s COVID-19 vaccination card, access the Document Center by clicking the menu button (three parallel lines in the upper left-hand corner of your Summer at Norwood account). Select the “Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Card” form from the Document Center and follow the directions on the form to upload the vaccination card.
Consistent and Correct Mask Use
Summer at Norwood requires that everyone (campers, employees, visitors) wear face masks when inside school buildings or on a Norwood bus/van. Mask breaks are permitted outside when physical distancing (at least 3 feet of space) can be maintained. A mask must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly under the chin. Valve-style masks and gators are not permitted.
Classrooms and offices have been set up to adhere to the CDC recommendation that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between campers/employees within each classroom, office, or workspace.
Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine
If a camper shows signs of infectious illness consistent with COVID-19, they will be taken to an isolation area and looked after by the camp nurse until a parent, guardian, or caregiver picks them up (within one hour). The parent, guardian, or caregiver should then contact the child’s healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test. The camp will clean and disinfect areas that the ill camper occupied. At the same time, the camp will start a list of close contacts of the ill camper and inform employees, parents, guardians, or caregivers of close contacts of possible exposure.
If the COVID-19 test of the child who showed signs of illness is negative, the camper may return to camp when clear of symptoms. If the test is positive, campers age 5 and older begin home isolation and may return to camp 5 full days from the date of symptom onset if symptomatic or the date of the positive test if no symptoms. Day 1 is considered the first full day after symptoms started in symptomatic persons or the first full day after the person tested positive if asymptomatic. After Day 5, if the person has no symptoms or if the symptoms are improved and they have no fever for at least 24 hours without medication, they may return to camp provided they wear a well-fitting mask when around others for an additional 5 days. Children under 5 years old who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home for at least 10 full days from the date of symptom onset if symptomatic or the date of the positive test if no symptoms.
Close contacts who are not vaccinated are to quarantine for 10 days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19, as well as consult with a healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
If an unvaccinated camper has been in close contact with an individual outside the Summer at Norwood community with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must notify the camp immediately and remain at home, monitor their health, and quarantine for 10 days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
Staying Home When Sick
Campers and Employees should check for the following symptoms and stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours: temperature of 100.4 or higher; sore throat; uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing; diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; new onset of severe headache, especially with fever; or new loss of taste or smell.
Small Camp Cohorts
Campers will be grouped in cohorts of 12-15 and each cohort will have 1 group leader and 1 counselor. Each cohort will have a dedicated classroom. Campers will remain in their cohort throughout the day to prevent mixing with campers from other cohorts. Cohorts will rotate between their classroom and designated specialty classrooms where specialty teachers will lead activities from a distance. Many specialty activities will be held outside when possible. Limited mixing of cohorts will take place outdoors at recess and during After Care. This mixing is limited to cohorts in the same program and grade level and will take place outdoors whenever possible.
Lunch and Snacks
Campers will eat outdoors as much as possible. If campers do have to eat indoors due to excessive heat or inclement weather, silent lunch or snack will be enforced. All campers and employees should bring lunch from home, with the exception of designated pizza Fridays. Individual pre-packaged snacks, juice, and milk will be provided.
No Sharing of Personal Items
Campers will not be permitted to share personal items such as water bottles. Campers are asked to bring a labeled water bottle from home. Drinking fountain spigots will be turned off, contactless water bottle filling stations are open.
No Large Gatherings
Campers will not eat lunch in the cafeteria and there will not be events like Town Hall, Choice Time, Showcase, and other large, in-person gatherings where campers usually mix with campers outside of their cohort.
Increased standards of air quality will continue, using upgraded HVAC filters and/or changing filters more frequently. Also, we will continue to encourage outdoor air flow when weather allows. Air purification systems will be provided in classrooms and shared offices.
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
Campers will be required to wash or sanitize their hands at specific times during the day, such as before and after snack, lunch, and recess. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, office, and entrance/exit. Employees will continue to reinforce respiratory etiquette: covering nose and mouth with a tissue, or coughing/sneezing into the inside of your elbow when you don’t have a tissue.